Three strikers on Chelsea's radar as Conte prepares for January

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The Italian will be without several key players for the Group C match at Stamford Bridge which follows hot on the heels of Chelsea's shock 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Morata, who was nursing a hamstring problem prior to the October global break, has been tipped to return to action in the Champions League this week, but general depth is a real worry.

Midfielder Danny Drinkwater is also still missing.

"He's ready", Alonso told reporters this afternoon. Blues have missed Morata and he had been in a great form for Chelsea before the injury.

He added: "The problem is we are always playing the same players, and also we have in our team players who are not used to playing 10 games in a row". "He illuminated me, and it's not the first time I say that".

"For (Victor) Moses it is hard to play 10 games in a row, for Morata it is hard to play regularly with this team, and for Marcos Alonso it is the same".

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"Sometimes you have to take a risk, like [against] Manchester City [when] he got injured, but if I didn't start him you'd tell me I'm insane". If this is not possible, I have to take risks.

- Conte admits that Chelsea are in trouble after losing 3/8.

The emotional Italian is said to of accused his players of taking their foot off the gas against Palace.

"The players are very fit and we are ready to play all these games".

"Because of this there is more risk of injury or tiredness". It's better to think about Chelsea, I have two years of contract and I want to live this incredible experience here, I'm learning another culture, another language and another football, and I want to give a chance to my family and my daughter to learn English. Kante, it's the first time. "It's not easy to be one of his players, but it's handsome". "Tactically he's a monster, an animal".

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